Clarence Darrow

Clarence Darrow


Generally considered to be the most brilliant legal mind in the history of American jurisprudence, Clarence Seward Darrow was born in Kinsma, OH, in 1857, the son of a failed minister who became a furniture-store owner and an intellectual but religiously puritanical mother. In 1873 he attended Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, but the financial crisis known as the Panic of 1873 swept the US that year, and Darrow was forced to leave school and find work--first in a factory, then in a store, and finally he spent three cold winters teaching in a country school. At age 19 he entered the University of Michigan to study law, and was admitted to the bar at age 21. He began his first law practice in Andover, OH, then went to Ashtabula. After several successful years there he moved to Chicago in 1888. It was there he read and was greatly influenced by John P. Altgeld's "Our Penal Code and Its Victims", which reinforced many ideas he already had about the law and crime--that poverty is a caus
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    Clarence Darrow was born in Kinsman, Ohio, USA

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  • As long as the world shall last there will be wrongs, and if no man objected and no man rebelled, those wrongs would last forever.
  • The pursuit of truth will set you free; even if you never catch up with it.
  • With all their faults, trade unions have done more for humanity than any other organization of men that ever existed. They have done more for decency, for honesty, for education, for the betterment of the race, for the developing of character in man, than any other association of men.
  • Chase after the truth like all hell and you'll free yourself, even though you never touch its coattails.
  • The first half of our life is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children.
  • I do not pretend to know where many ignorant men are sure -- that is all that agnosticism means.
  • He's the greatest man who ever came out of Plymouth, Vermont. On Calvin Coolidge
  • You can only be free if I am free.
  • You can protect your liberties in this world only by protecting the other man's freedom. You can be free only if I am free.
  • The best that we can do is to be kindly and helpful toward our friends and fellow passengers who are clinging to the same speck of dirt while we are drifting side by side to our common doom.
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